The Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS)
is officially launching its London Chapter!

Come join us to promote sanctions awareness and create a community for sanctions professionals in London! The mission of the ACSS London Chapter will be to serve, inform, and promote sanctions professionals in the London and Greater London Area. We will hold regular events centred around hot topics in the sanctions industry that impact sanctions compliance professionals.

Our Virtual Launch will feature an introduction by our Chapter Chair Tom Cornell as well as speech by our Keynote Speaker Maya Lester QC of Brick Court Chambers on the Impact of Brexit as it relates to UK Sanctions. Due to recent UK government restrictions, we have had to postpone our in-person Launch Event to the Spring of 2021. If you have any queries about this, please feel free to email asayre@sanctionsassociation.org.

Every member of the Chapter is required to be a member of the ACSS as well as contribute a nominal $50 per year to the Chapter treasury (for funding its events). To discover the benefits of ACSS membership, please click here

If you are not yet a member of the ACSS, but would like to attend the London Chapter Launch, you can do so by clicking here This will entitle you to attend not only our Virtual Event on 8 October, but also our in-person Launch Event in Spring 2021.


If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch by clicking the button below

Board Members

Tom Cornell

Chapter Chair
Debevoise & Plimpton

Tom Cornell is an associate (barrister) in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, resident in London. His practice focuses on international arbitration and complex multijurisdictional litigation. He previously clerked for the Master of the Rolls and practised from a Magic Circle firm.

Mr. Cornell represents corporate clients, sovereigns and international organisations on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly in investor-state arbitration, public international law disputes, commercial arbitrations and litigation in the English courts. He also has experience of anti-corruption, extradition and related criminal investigations, including parallel litigation in the civil courts.

Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Cornell practised at one of London’s leading barristers’ chambers and was Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson MR at the Court of Appeal for Easter and Trinity terms 2015. He also worked as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Mr. Cornell has a particular interest in international sanctions law and since 2015 has been a guest lecturer in the subject at Lund University in Sweden. Among other publications, he is the co-author of Sanctions Law (January, 2019).

Alex Haines

Programme Director
UK Barrister
Outer Temple Chambers
Alex Haines specialises in the sanctions regimes of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), and the institutional law of international organisations more generally. He regularly appears and litigates before international tribunals and bodies around the world, including Washington DC, New York City, London, Geneva and Manila. The cases he has been instructed in have involved more than 25 international organisations, including the World Bank Group, the European Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the United Nations, the World Food Programme and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Alex has lectured on the sanctions proceedings of MDBs to the Brazilian Bar Association (Rio, 2014), the British Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong, 2015), the Korean Bar Association (Seoul, 2016), the Shanghai Bar Association (Shanghai, 2016), the universities of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne and Paris II, Pantheon-Assas (Paris, 2016), and he was a panellist at the 35th International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College (University of Cambridge, 2017). His work on sanctions has continued through his efforts with Transparency International’s Suspension and Debarment Taskforce and Oxford International Organisations, a new Oxford University Press database.

He was called to the UK Bar in 2007 and passed the NY Bar in 2018. He is currently co-drafting a chapter on UK, UN and EU Sanctions for Smith, Owen, and Bodnar on Asset Recovery.

Luke Fothergill

Advisory Financial
Managing Director
Head of International Sanctions London, United Kingdom
Luke Fothergill joined Citi at the start of 2011 as a Senior Sanctions Analyst. He was appointed International Sanctions Head in August 2016. Mr. Fothergill is responsible for ensuring the effective execution of the Sanctions screening program for matters of law, regulation, and Citigroup internal Policies and Procedures.

One of the core elements of his position is to further strengthen oversight of the Businesses and Regions in which Citi operates, often dealing with potential conflicts in local law and the escalation of cases, key sanctions projects, and policy queries.

Before Citigroup, Luke worked in the Financial Services Authority’s (now Financial Conduct Authority) Enforcement Division for 7 years. He specialised in Iranian sanctions and leading multi jurisdictional investigations across the US, and Middle East. He also worked at the Serious Organized Crime Agency (now the National Crime Agency) dealing with a variety of related issues.

Luke holds a Business Management/BA Honours Degree from the University of Reading and a qualification in Investment Management.

Stuart Gamester

Advisory Corporate
Trade Compliance Manager
Shell International Ltd (UK)
Stuart Gamester has been building and managing Ethics & Compliance processes for over 25 years in various multinational companies and also with Government Legislators, such as the Export Control Organisation and HMRC. Highly experienced in Import / Export controls, Sanctions, AML, ABC, with a UK/EU/US/Asia angle.

Stuart has developed and managed restricted party / KYC screening tools, built compliance processes and systems for trade / customs, risk assessment and management and is a qualified auditor (working with UK Government and multinational defence, pharmaceutical and oil & gas companies).

Out of work Stuart still tries to play cricket and is a Kent Cricket Club qualified coach, coaching at youth level.

Daniel Martin

Advisory Legal
Partner – International Trade
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW)
Daniel advises traders, shipowners, freight forwarders, insurers and brokers on a host of regulatory and compliance issues, including international trade sanctions, export controls, customs and anti-corruption legislation. He advises on all aspects of the EU and UK sanctions legislation, and he is also familiar with the application of US sanctions to non-US persons.

Daniel also advises clients on disputes arising from charter parties, sale contracts, bills of lading, marine insurance and logistics operations, and he uses that experience and expertise to provide detailed, practical advice which is tailored to clients in the commodities, shipping, logistics and marine insurance sectors.

As well as advice on dispute resolution, customs and regulatory compliance (including ways to engage effectively with HMRC and other regulators), he also advises on compliance procedures and controls which traders, ship owners, logistics companies, banks, insurers and brokers should adopt to minimise risk.


Who can join an ACSS Chapter?

Anyone can join an ACSS Chapter! Our Chapters are a place for sanctions professionals to come together and form a community in the Chapter location. You must be an ACSS member in order to join a Chapter, however, you can sign up for both at once! To sign up now, click here

How much is the Chapter Membership fee?

Each member of the Chapter is required to contribute $50 to the Chapter Treasury annually for funding its events. Chapter fees are due when your ACSS membership fees are due.

How much are the Chapter Membership and ACSS Membership fees altogether?

If you are not yet an ACSS member, you can sign up for both ACSS membership and Chapter membership by clicking here. Both memberships cost $245 annually. Once you have signed up for ACSS Membership, the system will automatically ask you whether or not you also want to become a Chapter Member.

If the Chapter has not yet launched, do I still have to pay the Chapter fee?

Not immediately, no! Chapter fees are not due until after the Chapter Launch. If you are an ACSS member, just click here and choose “invoice me” at check out.

From what date does the Chapter Membership begin to run?

If you are not a member, both your ACSS membership and Chapter Membership will begin to run at the same time.

If you are a member, then your Chapter fee will be prorated in the first year depending on from when to when your particular ACSS membership runs. After the first year, your ACSS membership and Chapter memberships will renew in sync.

I’m not yet sure if I want to be an ACSS Member, can I just attend the Chapter Launch?

Yes you can! If you are not yet a member, you can attend a Chapter Launch for a $25 fee. If you decide to become an ACSS member, this will be deducted from your overall membership fee. Click here to sign up for the London Chapter Launch to gain access to not only our in-person Chapter Launch in Spring 2021, but also our upcoming Virtual Launch on 8 October 2020!